Getting Creative at the Mirador de Garachico Restaurant

Fri, August 29th, 2014 - By Jack Montgomery

Creative cuisine is not something I normally associate with Garachico, or Isla Baja in general. There are decent traditional Canarian restaurants in the historic town on Tenerife’s north west coast, but they don’t often anything different from what I can get in scores of restaurants close to where I live between Puerto de la Cruz and La Orotava.

On my last visit, I discovered things had changed. In the Mirador de Garachico the town at last might just have a restaurant to match the style and flair of its beautiful boutique hotels the San Roque and Quinta Roja.

 

Mirador de Garachico, Garachico, Tenerife

 

Located in a street behind the Hotel Quinta Roja, the restaurant has three dining areas; a romantically cosy and traditionally designed room at the rear of the restaurant, a light and airy conservatory, and a small dining area with contemporary rattan furnishings beside the blue-slate bar.

Stepping inside the Mirador de Garachico it immediately looks and feels different from its peers. This is confirmed by a menu which features dishes that have some of the usual local suspects (sea bass, cod, steaks, meatballs) but whose pairings stray from the normally good but unadventurous path. So the sea bass lies on a bed of prawns, mushrooms, dried fruits and spinach and the meatballs are served in a sweet and sour ginger salsa (winner of the best tapas in Garachico competition in 2013).

 

Bacon and leek, Mirador de Garachico, Garachico, Tenerife

 

It’s a mouthwatering selection that had us struggling to choose what we wanted. The situation was complicated further when we finally decided on two starters and two mains and the waiter advised us that selection would be too much as the portions were big. It was extremely honest and helpful advise, but it did mean more difficult choices.

In the end we opted to share bacon and leek rolls in a smoked cheese sauce followed by medallions of pork with tortilla wedges, passion fruit sauce and sautéed vegetables.

 

Pork medallions, Mirador de Garachico, Garachico, Tenerife

 

For dessert we parted company with Andy being seduced by their version of a ‘piña colada’ – pineapple sorbet with coconut sorbet whilst I went for the ‘traditional with a twist’ gofio pie; gofio mousse on a biscuit base with banana and ice cream.

For anyone who hasn’t tried gofio, this dessert would be a great intro; although it might be a bit misleading regarding what gofio normally tastes like.

Even the complimentary ‘chupitos’ that you get often get at the end of a meal in Tenerife were different than usual; no honey rum or banana liqueur here, instead you get potent passion fruit.

 

Gofio cake, Mirador de Garachico, Garachico, Tenerife

 

For the lot, with a bottle of Tajinaste red wine and a large bottle of water, the bill came to just under €50. It’s not the cheapest restaurant in Garachico, but it stands apart in terms of quality, creativity and ambition.

It’s also extremely friendly. How many places try to talk you out of spending more money in their restaurant?

Mirador de Garachico, Calle Francisco Martínez de Fuentes, 17, Garachico; (0034) 922 83 11 98; open Mon-Sat 8am-11pm, closed Sunday.

Posted : Friday, August 29th, 2014 at 11:42 am
Category : food and drink
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3 Responses to “Getting Creative at the Mirador de Garachico Restaurant”

  1. Linda says:

    But it sounds cheap for what you had!!!!!

  2. We thought it was really good value for the quality of the food as well as the care and imagination put into the dishes. But I know some people have considered it to be on the ‘pricier’ side when compared to some of the restaurants serving up budget standard fare – it’s not comparing like for like of course.

  3. […] Pit Stop #3 Garachico The good news is if you continue on the road through Masca getting out isn’t quite so hair-raising as getting in. You drive through some dramatic ‘off the beaten track’ countryside before eventually arriving on the north west coast where a short drive brings you to another Tenerife highlight, Garachico. As well as being Tenerife’s prettiest town, there’s also the attraction of the famous lava rock pools. Garachico’s a good spot for lunch with fish and seafood figuring highly. For something creatively different head back a couple of streets to the Mirador de Garachico. […]

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